Besides the fact that the council is not allowed to make changes to the contract, I found Dave’s statement yesterday during the working session meeting a bit odd (watch the entire meeting);
“We were very surprised to discover last Thursday that we were the only group to submit a bid,” Sanford Health Vice President Dave Knudson said.
What?! Was Dave told that by Smith and the Mayor or is he just flat out misleading the public and council?
On the day of the announcement of the naming rights, the councilors and members of the media were handed a packet that said that there were other companies that had interest in naming rights;
First Dakota Bank
It is also well known that ONE of these entities did make an offer. Rumor has it was around $400,000 a year for 20 years, obviously not even close to Sanford’s offer, BUT, still an offer. What would be the harm in mentioning that an offer was made, without saying who it was?
As Huether was rumored to say at the CNA Surety building ribbon cutting, (Paraphrasing) “There some deals made the public cannot be let in on.” (and have to be made behind closed doors)
Who needs transparency when we have leaders like this? Huh?
COPY OF AGREEMENT: dennyt